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Fourth of July celebrations plentiful

Saturday, July 3 features the Fourth of July Ski Jump 1 p.m. at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Admission is $15 for adults, $9 for juniors and seniors, and includes a chairlift and elevator ride to the top of the 120-meter ski jump.

Also July 3, 7:30 p.m. is the Saturday Night Ice Show, a fun family event where internationally competitive figure skaters perform their programs under the spotlight in the 1932 Jack Shea Arena. The cost is $10 for adults, juniors and seniors are $8, while children six and under are free.

The Lake Placid Horse Show will be ongoing throughout the weekend as well, finishing mainly with jumping events through July 4. Admission is $5 on weekend days and free for children younger than 12, and tickets may be purchased at the entrance gate. Visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com for more information.

Independence Day celebrations get underway on Sunday, July 4, 5 p.m. with the annual parade, which runs northbound on Main Street from Cummins Road to Mid's Park. This year's theme is "A Salute to Winter Olympians," featuring Grand Marshall Jim Shea, Sr., Lake Placid business owner and former U.S. Biathlon Olympian.

The celebration culminates with Lake Placid's unique "Set the Night to Music" fireworks show over Mirror Lake. The event claims the largest fireworks show in the Adirondacks synchronized to a thrilling musical soundtrack, which is simultaneously broadcast on local radio station WSLP 93.3 FM. The show begins at 9:45 p.m. at Mid's Park and will feature a special segment highlighting the achievements of those Adirondack Olympians who competed in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Spectators are urged to bring their own radios and tune in to fully appreciate the show.

For more information, contact Kathy Pfohl at the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitor's Bureau at 523-2445 ext. 10.

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